Tech 10th at Landfall
van der Vaart 11th individually
October 28, 2005

WILMINGTON, N.C. -- The Virginia Tech golf team shot an opening round 302 and is in tenth place at the Landfall Tradition on the 6,992 yard, par 72, Jack Nicklaus Course at the Country Club at Landfall in Wilmington, N.C.

Sophomore Jurrian van der Vaart (Almelo, Netherlands) shot a one-over-par 73 and is tied for 11th place individually. Nial Turner of Minnesota leads the event with a first round five-under-par 67.

Sophomore Nick MacDonald (Harare, Zimbabwe) is tied for 16th at 74 and junior Carl Wakely (Cardiff, Wales) is tied for 40th at 78. Freshman Drew Weaver (High Point, N.C.) is tied for 45th at 78 and junior Ryan Sypniewski (Radford, Va.) is tied for 52nd at 81.

Tulsa holds the lead after day one with a first round of one-over-par 289 and leads Texas A&M by five strokes. Coastal Carolina is third at 295, Minnesota is fourth at 296 and VCU is fifth at 296. Ohio State and Illinois are tied for sixth at 229 and Michigan State and host UNC Wilmington are tied for eighth at 300, two strokes ahead of the Hokies. Purdue and Memphis round out the 12-team field.

This is the final tournament for the Hokies in the fall season. Next up for Tech is the Puerto Rico Invitational at the Rio Mar Country Club in San Juan, Puerto Rico Feb. 26-28.